This beginning drama course introduces students to an overview of the elements and traditions of theater. It encourages self-expression through performance. It provides a broad overview of theater history and information on a major playwright from each period. Exercises using the techniques of observation, concentration, and sense/ emotional memory allow students to explore the fundamentals of acting.
Students further their exploration of theater arts by focusing on performing techniques and creating voice in character. They closely examine what makes characters work on stage and how they can apply that to themselves, either creating a performance piece that reflects their personal themes or interacting with others to create a short play for public performance.
Students with instrumental music experience may choose to participate in the Notre Dame / Bellarmine Symphonic band class. The ensemble rehearses and performs a variety of music and work to refine each member’s own performance skills stressing ensemble musicianship and expression. This course requires that each student provide her own instrument and have already reached some level of proficiency. This class meets prior to the start of the school day and is taught on Bellarmine’s campus.
This performance-based class exposes students to all the aspects of producing a musical play. It encourages students to participate at all levels of performance, including drama, dance and vocal. During the course of the rehearsal schedule, students will learn the basic terminology of musical theater, how to operate within a strict rehearsal regimen and how to apply themselves to learning dialogue, songs and dances. The students participate in the school's spring musical.
Students recieve technical training within the context of crewing a live theatrical performance. Students focus on the technical aspects of theater including lights, sound and stage crew with the course culminating in class members “crewing” a live production. Students will also assist in the design, building and painting of sets used in the show.
Drama Special Projects
This advanced drama course consist of the cast members selected to perform in Notre Dame’s fall play. Students learn how to study a script, develop a character and participate in a rigorous rehearsal schedule. The class culminates in several live performances of the selected play in front of a live audience. This class is by audition only.
Play and Performance
Students attending the English Department's annual trip to Ashland, Oregon have the option of reading the plays ahead of time and meeting in a symposium both before and after the trip. Students analyze the texts for understanding of plot and learn how staging might influence or alter the meaning of the text. Afterward, students will create a reflective project or essay demonstrating their understanding of the differences between what they read and what they saw.